Hannibal committee continues work on planning school district’s future

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Hannibal school personnel, community stakeholders, students and parents continued to lay the groundwork for the district’s future during a meeting Jan. 16 night among the Strategic Plan Committee’s three task forces.

Divided into groups targeting student engagement, family/community engagement and academic achievement, the task forces delved into lengthy discussions to help develop a five-year blueprint for Hannibal schools.

Superintendent Donna Fountain said the open discussions and information-sharing sessions have been essential in helping create a solid foundation for the district’s future.

“Both the core team and task forces have made tremendous progress toward developing the five-year plan,” Fountain said. “We are up to date with the original timeline and meeting the goals we have set for each meeting.”

Thursday’s meeting was another step forward in the process, as the roughly two dozen task force members reviewed potential core beliefs for the district.

They zeroed in on areas such as practicing respect, creating a passion for learning, prioritizing students, setting high expectations, communicating effectively, being open to change and encouraging student-driven learning.

Although the core beliefs are still a work in progress, the accomplishments made so far have been impressive, said Penny Ciaburri, chief executive officer of PLC Associates Inc. (the consulting firm contracted to aid the district in developing its strategic plan).

The ideas, goals and concerns shared during the meetings will go a long way in making the Hannibal school system a “destination district” for those seeking a premiere learning environment, she said.

“This group has a very high level of commitment … some of best efforts I have seen and very responsive in doing everything according to protocol,” Ciaburri said. “You guys get it.”

That kind of devotion is critical for the development of a comprehensive plan, Fountain said.

“Community members provide an understanding of how the district is perceived as well as increasing community awareness of our goals and our plans to achieve our goals,” the superintendent said.

“In addition, these individuals help us to understand the needs of the community both in the present and future. We are very cognizant that these individuals lead very busy lives. To devote this much time and energy to the future of our district speaks highly of their commitment to the education of our students as well as the Hannibal community as a whole.”

As the plan begins to take shape, committee members and task force representatives are showing their dedication to the process by getting together outside of regularly scheduled meetings to examine survey results, conduct research and analyze data to compare similar districts and assess Hannibal’s specific needs.

“One of the aspects I am most impressed with is that they are looking at data, collecting best practices and examining relevant research – all before they start planning,” Ciaburri said, noting that their commitment was on display during the Jan. 16 meeting.

“They are able to identify accurate statistics from (staff, student and community) surveys,” Ciaburri said. “They even are pulling data from our State Review. These teams already ‘own’ their work. That is major for implementation.”

Armed with a workbook and a lot of data, the task forces are beginning to develop specific strategic intents for the district. This process will help set benchmarks in particular areas and specify – using quantitative data – the goals for the future when it comes to student engagement, community/family engagement and academic achievement.

“We can choose the kinds of things that will be our targets,” Ciaburri said. “You’re setting a stake in the ground and defining very clearly where we’re going to land.”

The task forces and the core committee will continue to analyze data and develop specific goals and strategies as the process moves forward. And although the development of a five-year plan can be daunting, Ciaburri said she is pleased with how well the groups are working together.

“Everyone should know, under some difficult circumstances, these teams are just pushing through,” she said. “The Hannibal community should be proud of that. It is about our kids and they know it.”

The next core team meeting will be held from 4-6:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Hannibal school district boardroom. Two weeks later, from 4-6:15 p.m. Feb. 6, the core team and the three task forces will meet. The committee hopes to complete the plan by March 21 and is expected to present it to the school board during a meeting April 2.

For more information on the process or to become involved, contact internal facilitator Tammy Farrell at tfarrell@hannibalcsd.org or by phone at 564-7900, ext. 3004.

SAM North American opens expanded site in Schroeppel

By Ashley M. Casey

Sung An Machinery’s North American arm — better known as SAM-NA, LLC — has made a new home for itself in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel.

Local legislators and business owners attended the center’s ribbon cutting Jan. 21.

The 10,000-square-foot facility houses SAM’s new Extrusion Technology Center and marketing office, which will allow SAM’s North and South American customers to see firsthand how new extrusion and lamination technologies can be applied.

The facility currently employs seven people — mostly engineers — but is projected to hire seven more.

Extrusion coating is a process that binds multiple layers of polymers together to create flexible packaging and other products, such as potato chip bags, juice cartons, disposable diapers and plastic packing tape.

Based in South Korea, SAM has headquarters in Italy and Granby, N.Y. and more than 600 machine installations in 27 countries across the globe.

SAM-NA has had an office in Granby since 2010, which has been a support and service organization for SAM-NA.

“We’re excited about this. It’s a great addition to the Industrial Park,” said L. Michael Treadwell, CEO of the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency and executive director of Operation Oswego County.

Treadwell said that SAM first contacted IDA about expanding in the summer of 2011.

“They had to sell this project to the parent company in South Korea,” Treadwell said.

Officials from SAM’s Korea headquarters visited the Industrial Park and agreed to purchase and modify the building, which sits on two-and-a-half acres of land. The building previously served as the IDA’s startup “incubator” site.

Andy Christie, managing director of SAM-NA, said that the company made a lot of modifications to the building before moving in, including new power, floors, a furnace and other renovations. Treadwell estimated the investment in the building to be about $2.5 million.

“We’ve made a substantial investment to improve this building, as well as bring in the pilot extrusion and laminating line,” Christie said.

The pilot machine, which is mainly for demonstration and product testing, cost about $2 million. A full-size extrusion machine costs $3.5 million.

“Ninety percent of the (work) was done by Oswego County contractors,” Christie said.

Holly Carpenter, a spokesperson for New York state Sen. Patty Ritchie, said that Sen. Ritchie extended a warm welcome to SAM-NA’s new business site and applauded their support of local contractors.

“Small business is the backbone (of New York state), and we’re so pleased to have you here,” Carpenter said.

“It just gives Oswego County another success story in terms of attracting manufacturing with an internationally known company,” Treadwell said.

Yes, it’s been cold — but we haven’t set any records

By Debra J. Groom

Yes, it’s been cold.

It was bone-chilling a couple of weeks ago and it’s frigid again now.

And while it may seem odd to have this many cold days in a row, this is nothing compared to two years in the past.

That’s it – think back to February 1979, says local weather observer Paul Cardinali, of Fulton.

That month, there was a stretch of 13 days of temperatures less than 0, he said. And in the more than 40 years that he’s been keeping records, Fulton hit its all-time low of minus 26 on Feb. 18, 1979.

“The average temperature in February 1979 was 10.7 degrees,” he said. “Boy, that is cold. That’s the coldest February I’ve ever recorded.”

The same was true over in the Port City of Oswego. Weather observer William Gregway said the mercury plunged to minus 20 there on Feb. 18, 1979.

Now more recently, the Fulton and Oswego areas plunged into a deep freeze in January 2005.

Gregway said Oswego posted temps at 0 or below 0 for eight days between Jan. 18 and 28. Cardinali said Fulton also recorded temperatures at 0 or below for 10 days from Jan 18 through Jan. 31.

“We haven’t experienced the prolonged cold periods lately that I can remember,” Gregway said.

Even the cold from a couple of weeks ago seems a distant memory considering what happened after that cold snap ended.

Cardinali said temperatures were below 0 on Jan. 2, 3 and 4. But then the mercury started to climb.

“It was 52 on Jan. 10 and close to 50 on Jan. 12,” he said.

The Weather Channel forecasted Fulton to see its last minus temp Thursday night. Then temperatures are supposed to go up – slightly – to a raging high of 26 by Saturday (today). Lows still will be a bit nippy in the single digits or low teens.

And The Weather Channel has that trend continuing through next Friday, Jan. 31.

Cardinali said the one thing that made this week more bearable than earlier in January was the wind. During the Jan. 2-4 cold snap, the winds were whipping, making wind chills of minus 25 degrees. This most recent cold was mostly temperature only with very little wind.

Fulton temperatures in January 2005
Jan. 18, minus 3
Jan. 19, minus 1
Jan. 20, minus 2
Jan. 21, minus 13
Jan. 22, minus 17
Jan. 23, minus 11
Jan. 24, minus 11
Jan. 28, minus 14
Jan. 29, minus 1
Jan. 31, 0

Fulton temperatures in February 1979
Feb. 1, 9
Feb. 2, 9
Feb. 3, minus 8
Feb. 4, 9
Feb. 5, 7
Feb. 6, minus 2
Feb. 7, minus 4
Feb. 8, minus 10, Feb. 9, minus 8
Feb. 10, minus 16
Feb. 11, minus 22
Feb. 12, minus 24
Feb. 13, minus 16
Feb. 14, minus 25
Feb. 15, minus 10
Feb. 16, minus 2
Feb. 17, minus 20
Feb. 18, minus 26
Feb. 19, 3
Feb. 20, 0
Feb. 21, 18
Feb. 22, 32
Feb. 23, 30
Feb. 24, 30
Feb. 25, 20
Feb. 26, 20
Feb. 27, 20
Feb. 28, 20

Veit buying Scotsman Press Inc.

Badoud Enterprises, Inc., owned by John J. Badoud, Jr. of Virginia, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets of its sole operating unit, The Scotsman Press, Inc., to its current President, William G. Veit. 

Incorporated in 1954, Scotsman produces award-winning, community-focused publications and serves hundreds of other publications through its commercial printing services to customers throughout Central New York. The sale of the company to Veit will increase Scotsman’s value to its employees, customers, vendors, and other stakeholders, as the company will become an even more integral part of the CNY community and media market now under the direction of local ownership.

With the change of ownership, Veit’s new company will acquire assets including, The Valley News, Today’s CNY Woman, Finger Lakes Vacationer, and other publications, along with plant equipment, vehicles, and the company’s Chenango Bridge facility. The company will continue to do business as The Scotsman Media Group, maintaining all of its operating divisions in Syracuse, Chenango Bridge, and Fulton, New York, and there are no plans to change the company’s workforce of 96 employees as a result of the transition. Improvements to the company’s information technology systems are presently underway to ensure that Scotsman’s outstanding customer service, quality print media, and advertising solutions to the CNY marketplace will continue.

Veit and his wife, Linda, along with their two daughters, are lifelong residents of Syracuse, residing in the Onondaga Hill area. Veit has been employed by the Scotsman Media Group since 1990. He earned his MBA from Le Moyne College;  his wife, Linda, is employed by Upstate Medical University and received her masters in public health from Syracuse University and Upstate.

The transaction is expected to close on March 31, 2014.

Wheelchair basketball game Friday night at Fulton Junior High

The Move Along Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Team will face off against teachers from the Fulton City School District at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 .

A winter dance will be held following the game for all participants and audience members.

The event will be held at the Fulton Junior High School on Curtis Street. The game and dance are part of a youth basketball season sponsored by Move Along.

Once a week, students participate in adaptive sports activities that support integrative play between both disabled and able-bodied students. Sessions include sports practice, team activities and free play.  The youth basketball session began in November and will continue to run throughout the school year. New participants are always welcome.  

Contact Information: Move Along P.O. Box 5220 Oswego, NY 13126 — phone is 374-0082   Move Along is a non-profit organization that supports adaptive sports education and awareness for disabilities in Central New York.

For more information, contact Greg Callen at 374-0082 or by email at greg@movealonginc.com.

Port of Oswego gains new equipment, security grant

The Port of Oswego is getting some new equipment and some security upgrades, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, said Wednesday.

He was at the Port of Oswego to announce he secured a nw reach stacker for the port, along with a new dump truck and two new generators.

A reach stacker is like a forklift and is used to unload heavy cargo from ships or trains.

Schumer said he got the new equipment from the Federal Surplus Property Program, which offers public law enforcement agencies like the Port Authority the chance to acquire used equipment.

Schumer also announced the Port of Oswego has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Port Securities grant to install four new security cameras, giving port officials a 360-degree view of Port activities.  He said the new security feature makes the Port of Oswego the most secure port in the Great Lakes system, which is all the more important because the Port is the first international port of call from the Great Lakes on the St. Lawrence.

 

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